Show Notes EP 508 Josh Thomson

  • Josh talks about how the UFC put him on Blind Date show (3:50)
    • Control over fighters
  • How is Josh able to stay in the sport so long? (7:47)
    • Wrestling/Soccer background
    • Could not afford to eat shit
  • How many organizations has he fought in? (12:52)
    • Strikeforce, Pride, UFC and currently in Bellator
    • UFC cut divisions to save money
    • Ultimate Fighter helps save the company
  • What good/bad changes has he seen in MMA? (16:18)
    • Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling
    • Work on mental discipline
    • Multiple shows a month
    • Grew so fast, no stars
      • Ring girls
      • Athletes don’t get the treatment they deserve
      • Made Dana White the star
    • Teach kids to know how to defend themselves
    • Doesn’t like how it’s oversaturated
    • Reebok deal with the UFC
  • What advice would he give an up and coming star in this business? (31:35)
    • Millennial’s of MMA
    • Training
    • YouTube channel
    • If you lose the same way every time, not a fighter
    • Invest in yourself/Know your worth
    • Need to film and archive everything that you have done
  • How does his training look now? Major changes? (41:05)
    • Have to work and adapt as your body changes
    • Massage
    • Nutritionist – Daniel Leith @D.Leith  (Instagram)
    • Older guys, heavier weight classes able to have better staying power
  • Psychology of fighting – What is the winning mentality? (47:13)
    • Never going to be able to train as hard as you fight
    • Learn how to relax
  • Was Josh bullied as a kid? Did it drive him into fighting? (55:16)
    • Grew up with tough minded father
    • If you’re not first, you’re last
  • What are his thoughts on McGregor vs. Mayweather? Good for fighting/fighters? (58:33)
    • UFC should stay out of negotiations
    • Fighters are not able to have sponsors
  • Thoughts on UFC becoming monopoly? Does he see other organizations becoming more competitive? (59:20)
    • Pulling fighters who don’t have much
    • They just want to get their feet in the door
    • Comparisons with up and coming IG bodybuilders, just want to make name for themselves
  • Does Josh have any other business ventures? (1:15:38)
    • Works with kid athletes
    • Jiu-Jitsu classes for kids
    • Hard to have employees at first
    • Sammy and the Punk podcast
    • Owns a gym in San Jose
  • Toughest fighter he ever had to fight (1:20:58)
    • Fight he knew he was a fighter
    • Used to live in porn warehouse
    • Hermes Franca
    • Tony Ferguson
  • Condoning mediocracy 
    • Be successful or not successful 
    • Paid for his first fight
    • Doing what you love means extra hustle
  • What does the future hold for Josh? (1:31:41)
    • Athletes should have their own tax bracket
    • Wants to open more gyms for kids

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